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NM officials: Teen vaccination rates up in 2011

September 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials say teen vaccination rates improved in most categories in 2011. The state Health Department says data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows New Mexico’s coverage in certain areas is above the national rate. Tetanus, whooping cough and diphtheria vaccinations increased to...

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New Mexico hunting seasons open for deer, elk

September 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Game and Fish Department advises hikers, bicyclists and others to wear bright clothing if they are in the back country to ensure they are visible to hunters. Hunting seasons open Saturday for elk, deer, grouse, doves, squirrels and...

NM State policeman cleared in a fatal shooting

September 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have cleared a New Mexico State Police officer in the fatal shooting of a man in Clovis. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced Friday he concluded his review of the Aug. 19 shooting and decided Officer...

Groups use technology to sign up voters in NM

September 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — As the Labor Day weekend kicks off the final sprint to Election Day, a coalition of nonprofits is launching an aggressive effort to get more New Mexicans to the polls in November. Among their tools is a new smartphone app from the...

Boy in suspected DWI crash in Albuquerque dies

September 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 2-year-old boy injured in an Albuquerque crash involving a suspected drunken driver has died. KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/PG208n ) cites the Albuquerque Police Department in saying that Vicente Griego’s family took the boy off...

Alamo man sentenced to 10 years in infant's death

September 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Alamo man convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the death of an infant has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Federal prosecutors say 31-year-old Kalvest Ganadonegro will be on supervised released once he completes the prison...

NM quickly reverses decision to drop trail funding

September 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has reversed its decision to pull out of a program that provides money to build, improve and maintain recreational trails. The New Mexico Department of Transportation had informed the Federal Highway Administration on...

Bloomfield ex-parks head no longer faces felony

September 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors have dismissed a felony embezzlement charge filed against the former parks director of Bloomfield. Bob Carman had been accused of taking sheets of metal belonging to the northwestern New Mexico community. He allegedly had...

Construction of casino at NM fairgrounds delayed

September 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Soil issues have caused a delay in construction of a new 65,000-square-foot casino for the Downs of Albuquerque. General manager Darren White says the building now will open about a month later than planned, early in the second...

Fewer weeks of jobless benefits to be offered

September 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Fewer weeks of unemployment benefits will soon be available to jobless New Mexicans and the Department of Workforce Solutions says it’s because of a change in federal law. A maximum of 54 weeks of unemployment compensation...